Welcome to Our Year in Games coming at you from Reticule Towers. I realise that we didn’t do any sort of yearly roundup for 2015, but we’re making up for it this year. I’ve invited a few old faces to take part in Our Year in Games, so hopefully you won’t just have me for company! I’m probably going to split my tales across a few entries to cover the games from previous years that I’ve been playing this year…
What do you think of when running alongside the Thames in Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate? The game, or a moment from your childhood? Chris reveals what the famous river reminds him of.
When I was at EGX, I mentioned on Twitter that I hadn’t played anything from the Assassin’s Creed series since the high-seas action of Black Sails, but that was about to change as I was in the queue for Syndicate, the latest game in the series that will be taking us to Victorian London. I also took some fairly ropey photos of Ubisoft’s booth for the game, but that’s by-the-by. I played Syndicate at the show, not once, but twice….
Welcome to my Day Two report from EGX 2015. Today’s Report is brought to you by the power of Domino’s, Strongbow and Netflix. A hearty mix if I might say so myself. I dragged myself out of bed at a decent time today and was at the NEC by 10:15, and from there, my journey began…
This year, the biggest annual gaming show in Britain has moved. No longer am I travelling down the M4 to visit EGX in Earl’s Court in London while staying in a rip-off hotel. This time, I have travelled up the M5 to the NEC in Birmingham while crashing with some family. Bit of a difference I must say, but it means that I can sit here on my netbook with a can of Strongbow and the New Zealand v Namibia match in the Rugby World Cup.
My visit this year will last until mid-afternoon Saturday. One reason for not doing the full four days is that I want to be back in Wales to watch Saturday’s massive World Cup fixture as Wales take on England. Now that I’ve bored you all to the high heavens with logistics and rugby, I’ll proceed with the my Day One report.
How fast a year (well 11 months) goes by, it feels like only yesterday that I was settling down in the dark cold months to play Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag in what was a return to form for the series after some slight miss-steps. Now I look and we are just over a month away from the next big title in the series (Rogue is on a personal back-burner) and our chance to explore the streets of revolutionary Paris. Do you want some hints of what might be occurring in Unity? I’ve gathered some trailers after the break and shared some thoughts on the how the game is shaping up.
The past couple of days has seen a massive media splurge from Ubisoft with new newness for Watch Dogs and a sneak peak look at the new Assassin’s Creed title which will be known as Unity set during the French Revolution. Hit the break to check out the videos.
Some people might wonder why I am delivering my Verdict of Black Flag when I haven’t even finished the game yet. If someone asked me that question I would reply by saying something along the lines of “I have played enough of if to pass judgement on whether it is a good game, and if I would be happy to buy it.” Without further ado, why not hit the break and find out what I have made of the game after around 12 hours or so with it.
There is a theme that I am starting to notice from Ubisoft with some of their biggest franchises, open world and tattoos. Far Cry 3 was all about the tattoos and judging by the latest trailer for Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, Captain Kenway has been given the same love of body art. There isn’t much new in this trailer, but it is being called the ‘TV Spot’, I’d rather call it the Tattoo Trailer. Find it after the break.
A new trailer for the most piratey of games, Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag has launched profiling various members of Captain Kenway’s crew of robbers. Well, the trailer is called ‘The Pirate Heist Trailer’ so I think that is an apt description. Blackbeard, Calcio Jack and Anne Bonny all make an appearance with some swashbuckling catchphrases. After my adventures with the game at Eurogamer I am certainly starting to look forward to this one now.
Day 1 at the Eurogamer Expo was a late arrival for myself thanks to traveling and checking in to my hotel. So I didn’t get to the show until three in the afternoon at which point things had got very busy.
If there is one thing you will need if you purchase Assassin’s Creed: Liberation, it will be patience. Patience to put up with some awful implementation of special Vita features such as the rear camera, motion sensitivity and even the touch screens. At heart, it is a pleasant take on the Assassin’s Creed series, complete with viewpoints to synchronise, weapons to buy and some Animus fluff.
That ladies and gents is the all new trailer for Assassin’s Creed 3, watch and enjoy. It shows off some of the major land battles and some sea warfare, all set to a chilling background track. We can also expect something big on July 4th as the trailer shows that date along with the words ‘Ignite the Revolution.
We all knew the basics of Assassin’s Creed 3 last week, but with this debut trailer we now have some action of the game that is going to be set in 18th Century North America. Assassin’s Creed 3 will put you in the boots of Ratohnaké:ton, an assassin of Native American and English heritage who goes by the easier to pronounce name of Connor.
The fifth main release in the series is going to use the all new Ubisoft-AnvilNext game engine and has twice the production values of any other Ubisoft title.
The game is locked in for release on the 31st of October this year for release on PC, 360 and PS3. A WiiU version is also in development.
Just as I am about to head out of the door, a big dollop of Assassin’s Creed news falls in my lap with this packshot unveiled for Assassin’s Creed 3 which is due for release on the 30th October for PC, 360 and PS3. VG24/7 has a low down on the background to this story, but we don’t have to wait long for official Ubisoft details as they will unveil more on Monday 5th March at 17:00 GMT. (via VG24/7)